STEIM@40! presents on Tuesday April 28 at 20:00h (!):
Lecture, Book release party & workshop presentation on
Handmade Electronic Music, The Art of Hardware Hacking (2d ed.)
Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking provides a long-needed, practical, and engaging introduction for students of electronic music, installation, and sound-art to the craft of making—as well as creatively cannibalizing— electronic circuits for artistic purposes. Designed for practitioners and students of electronic art, it provides a guided tour through the world of electronics, encouraging artists to get to know the inner workings of basic electronic devices so they can creatively use them for their own ends. With a little knowledge and a sense of adventure, an artist can subvert the intentions designed into devices like electronic radios or toys and discover all sorts of alternative possible sounds. Handmade Electronic Music carries the reader through a series of sound-producing electronic construction projects, from making simple contact microphones, to transforming cheap electronic toys into playacircuits from scratch.
This event is a followup to the Handmade Electronic Music workshop the weekend before, and will consist of Nic presenting the second edition of his book, a performance by workshop participants and an afterparty. To celebrate, there will be champagne and snacks.
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.00h (!!!)
“Here we have, at last, an electronics book that caters to people who have ideas first, and electronics second… Collins offers a splendidly integrative look into the history of “sound art,” basic electronics, and junk revisioning.”
“Nicolas Collins wants to tear apart your CD player…”
Nic’s own words:
‘I set out to regain the radical rethink of Alvin Lucier’s Vespers: to disassociate music and sound from the limited types of objects sold in music stores, and through this disassociation to prompt new musical discoveries; and at the same time to explore how this drama of interaction between object and idea has played out in experimental music of the past 50 years. [...] Participants leave empowered, carrying several new instruments and the skills needed to continue inventing and building on their own.’
Nicolas Collins, an active composer and performer of electronic music, is a Professor of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has led Hacking workshops around the world, from Beijing to Brussels to Bogotá, and has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, David Tudor, and many other masters of modern music. He lived most of the 1990s in Europe, where he was Visiting Artistic Director of Stichting STEIM (Amsterdam), and a DAAD composer-in-residence in Berlin. Since 1997 he has been editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Music Journal.
More information on lectures: http://www.steim.org/steim/series.php.
(studio for electro instrumental music)
(studio voor elektro instrumentale muziek)
1017 WL Amsterdam
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